Despite my love of all things colorful, I accept that it is winter. Slushy pavement with puddle-filled potholes makes keeping clothes free of mud splatter a challenge throughout the season. Black is practical for concealing winter stains. When I spotted this Fashionista’s cherry-red Dr. Marten boots, I was impressed by her clever addition of color to her head-to-toe black look. The boots stood out on the sidewalks of Thayer Street with an allusion to ‘90s grunge.
Students in my graduating class and the surrounding years likes to call ourselves “children of the ‘90s.” Although we were young in the early ‘90s, we enjoy revisiting this era, as evidenced by Urban Outfitter’s throwback to Lisa Frank. The obsession with ‘90s-inspired grunge, what New York Magazine calls “Nevermind Redux,” has also resurfaced on the runways with Dries Van Noten plaid shirts and Rochas combat boots. Dr. Martens has easily worked its way into this fashion schema, with model Agyness Deyn embracing the boots to the point of collaboration with the label.
Thus, wearing a pair of Docs is an easy to spice up basic outerwear. It is a great way to add a bit of nostalgic grunge to an all-black winter ensemble. On the Dr. Martens website, there is a whole cornucopia of colors and styles, from sheeny fuchsia boots to floral-print styles. There are knee-high laced boots and unlaced booties. Each style is especially eye-catching against the backdrop of black outerwear. This grown-up grunge look is perfect for anyone trying to navigate the Providence streetscape in February.